“The Man of Stone”

The Lovecraft series continues with another primary revision.

Raw Feed (2005): “The Man of Stone”, Hazel Heald [and H. P. Lovecraft], 1930.hm

This story seemed awfully familiar to me like I had read it before, but I can’t remember when.  [I read in 1996 in the anthology New Eves: Science Fiction About the Extraordinary Women of Today and Tomorrow. Unfortunately, I didn’t make any notes on the stories, but it’s a worthy historical anthology covering women writers from Francis Stevens to Nancy Kress.]

It might seem familiar because, essentially, it’s a biter-bitten tale of the sort that goes back to at least The Canterbury Tales (perhaps I read a version of this in Boccacio’s Decameron Nights). Anyway, the cruel, jealous sorcerer who plots the poisoning of his wife and a sculptor via a potion that literally petrifies them gets a dose of the same medicine.

The only really Lovecraftian touches are certain occult tomes (The Book of Eibon) and some mentions of Cthulhu deities.

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